Eyelashes are normally aimed away from the eye, but sometimes your eyelashes can be misdirected toward the eye and cause great discomfort. Trichiasis is the medical term for abnormally positioned eyelashes that grow toward the eye, touching the cornea or conjunctiva.
Patients with trichiasis may experience symptoms of redness, pain, excessive tearing, sensitivity to light, blurred vision, and/or foreign body sensation. If left untreated, a corneal ulcer can develop. There are several reasons trichiasis can occur. One example is entropion, a condition where the eyelid turns inward toward the eye. Other causes include prior surgery and trauma.
For temporary relief, the eyelashes can be plucked out, but they usually grow back. Treatment for long-term relief from trichiasis will depend on the cause and specific area of the eyelid involved.
What Happens Next
If you are experiencing these symptoms, the first step is to have a comprehensive evaluation so the cause can be determined. Schedule your consultation using our online form or by calling one of our offices in Hagerstown, Chambersburg, or Waynesboro. During this visit, we will create an customized treatment plan tailored to your needs.